Southwest Pacific

UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS [viewed]

United Nations27 September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans.

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UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses [viewed]

UNU23 September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom.

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Event: 25th Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The 25th annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will review progress over the past year, and discuss institutional reform, regional conventions, corporate services, regional cooperation, and the 2015 work programme and budget. The meeting of officials will be followed by a high-level ministerial meeting on 3 October to discuss climate change financing, ocean conservation and management, and countries' follow-up to the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  

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UNGA General Debate Reflects on Climate Summit, Future Action [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Many speakers addressed climate change, reflecting on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and highlighting areas for future action.

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IMF Analyzes Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing [viewed]

IMFSeptember 2014: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper, titled ‘How Much Carbon Pricing is in Countries' Own Interests? The Critical Role of Co-Benefits.' The paper assesses, for the top 20 emitting countries, the degree to which carbon pricing is in countries' national interests by analyzing domestic co-benefits before even considering climate benefits.

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UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action [viewed]

climate-summit-iisdrs23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers [viewed]

MEF21 September 2014: The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the side lines of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York, US, and marked the Forum's first-ever foreign minister's meeting. The meeting was hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, together with Foreign Minister of Peru Gonzalo Gutierrez and Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius.

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GOC Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Oceans [viewed]

goc22 September 2014: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) delivered a global petition to the UN, calling for a new international agreement on high seas protection at an event organized by The Ocean Elders in New York, US. Over 260,000 people have signed the petition, titled ‘Ban Ki-moon: Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity-propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014.'

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNGA12 September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

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